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Simple Ramblings From A Prim Cottage

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tuesdays Display Chain A New Appreciation

 Tuesday's display chain is back.Hosted by Misi http://1890gablehousemusings.blogspot.com/2012/09/tuesday-display-chain.html This week's theme A new appreciation..Well I can't say my "New Appreciation" is a prim one.With my life being so hectic lately I have to say I have a new appreciation for time.Yep seconds,minutes,hours any time I can get to enjoy life..Just little things like the prettiest sunflowers ever and remembering the seeds were from Robin the primitive hutch...
 Time to pick the gourds that planted themselves and are cascading over the garden fence...
 Ooohhhh the half hour to curl up with a magazine...
 Time to enjoy the girls grow .They are getting big so fast...
 Time to enjoy a spicy candle to welcome fall.......
 A rainy PJ day like today with time to watch a movie and cuddle with my fat boy..smile...
Yes my new appreciation is time and remembering to just slow down and enjoy the little moments...Now hop on over to Misi's and join in the chain or just visit the other links,Warm Blessings!~Amy

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thank You and a Lil Fall Decorating

 Wanted to drop in and say Thank You to 2 lovely girls.I'll do a regular catch up post in a few days.As always busy as bee.Lately felt like a yellow jacket though..LoL..So Theresa and I decided a while back we would do a fall swap together.Theresa does just wonderful work and is always fun.She always spoils me (of course I try to spoil her too)..She sent the Bewitching Belle Kitty above and Oh my goodness look at the pumpkin pinkeep.I just couldn't believe this piece soo wonderful.It is stitched with 3 little pumpkins sitting on a fence,the pumpkin is wool with a real stem(swoon)..Below close up of the pinkeep,a Misi candle and a jack ditty...
 Sweet Theresa remembered my love for chocolate..smile..Back of the ditty bag...
 Theresa is such a wonderful friend.She sells some of  her work on etsy(although I think she shops more.LoL) She is preparing for a giveaway October. I'm sure it will be special so stop over and become a follower....Now my next Thank you was a total surprise.Marsha sent me a little box of joy just because...I just love surprises and it really brightens your day to know someone thought of you..Old time ghostly photo that Marsha made,Prim moon by Marsha,Halloween ditty and charm....
 Now Marsha and I would be junking buddies if she lived closer.She always finds such wonderful goodies and trinkets to use in her art...So these two girls pushed me and I had to start my fall decorating...Here are few pics of the start and where some goodies found homes....
 Ditty bag...
 Marsha's Ghostly Photo
Thanks so much girls...I love everything but your friendships mean even more...Warm Blessings!~Amy

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Homespun Ornie Swap sign up

 Hi Girls! This is our bonus swap for the year.We will still have our regular Holiday swap in November.This is a open swap and anyone is welcome to join in the fun..
Rules
  • You can send between 1 - 4 ornies how ever many you send is how many you get back
  • Open to USA and Canada swappers
  • You must mail your package to me no later than October 29th so I can mail by the second week of November
  • You must include $5 in your package for return shipping.Cash makes no enemies otherwise a money order.
  • If you are planning on joining in leave a comment on this post
  • Email me for my address to mail your ornies to.  cottageprims@hotmail.com

 
  • Ornies must be handmade but you do not have to make them you can purchase them or make them.
  • You must include a return address label (or just written on paper) in your package so I can mail your swap ornies to you
  • Ornies should be packaged in a clear cello type bag and either tagged or labeled with your blog so we know who they are from.
  • A thank you post if you have a blog and of course we all enjoy seeing what everyone gets
  • If you are late mailing your package I can not hold the other swaps for a late sender so yours would be returned to you.
 Again anyone is welcome on this one so if you've been wanting to join and get involved in our other swaps this is a great way to get to know you...You can post the top pic and link on your blog if you'd like..
All images in this post are Etsy artist and have their name so you can check out their shop.Any questions I'm here to help.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

What's in the name Challenge

 Karen over at My Colonial Home is hosting a challenge to tell the story of how your blog got it's name and why you started blogging.Anyone with a blog can join in the fun..I started my blog October 2010.I was visiting everyone (the lurker..smile..) way before then but decided I really wanted to be more of a part of the community and friendship.I loved how everyone shared ideas,invited you into their beautiful homes and as I found out later how much they care....So where did the name come from? Well back 18 years ago the country prim shops were more handmade and local folk artist, not mass produced like today.Pieces were original and very often one of a kind.I had always since childhood thought I would be a artist when I grew up.Life takes other turns but I still always had the creative person inside..I rented a old house then with a huge yard I started growing flowers and herbs to dry and took up candle making...
 The only way to get oils then was to order them from the herb and health food store.At the time I mainly just made things for family and friends.The lady I got the oils from wanted to start selling my wares and they took off...I loved to paint and sit in the yard and weave wreaths from the herbs and people started requesting them to.Hubby at the time did barn restorations and the people would tell him to take the old crocks and watering cans and such so I incorporated them into my business and got a stand at the farmers market.I needed a name for labels and such.At the time it was a very herbal business and I've always loved beeskeps and bumble bee's so Bumble Bee Lane was born...
 At the time no computer so I started getting calls from shops who had purchased my products and wanted to do wholesale.I started doing wholesale and shows and open houses for the holidays and branched into offering antiques and primitive wares.Hubby would make birdhouses,cupboards,wood boxes.I would paint old windows,shutters and ironing boards.The wholesale was booming but I was getting burned out because I didn't want my name on it unless it was me doing it so the only help I had was hubby.So at this point I thought if everyone else is buying from the shops I'll open my own shop.Bumble bee lane was born officially.I only did antiques,my items, and local consignors for furniture,dolls and such.Unfortunately all the family and friends who promised to help never followed through.Hubby still had to work full time and I needed to find antiques and make items plus did some wholesale so finding someone to trust to run the shop was always a challenge.So I decided to close the shop and go back to work for a few years.I have always kept the Bumble Bee Lane as my name and thought it only fit for my blog name,It's been with me over 18 years..smile...It's a ever changing story now I do fleamarkets and shows mainly just antiques and primitives. People just don't buy the hand dids and wares in our area with all the imports cheaper.They want the look but don't care about if it's quality.hand did or old.Me I like history and things the neighbor won't have..smile...I'm so glad I took the leap into blogging I found so many kindred spirits and people I can truely call friends...It seems like the same girls run in the circle and you really know them,occasionally a new person comes in and are warmly welcomed,the bad apples usually pack up fairly quickly and we don't have the drama that is on facebook.Blogging is a community of sharing our homes,ideas,friendships and occasionally hardships.You find yourself thinking of certain blogging friends regularly.Our poor hubby's even get to know oh your "blog" or "prim" friend..giggles...You send cards,gifts,emails,encouragement to these kindred spirits and never think twice.They are as close to you as your best friend.I would not trade this little community for the world....
Ok long winded I know.Really had no clue how to write this post.I guess it just came out..smile..Now click over to Karen's blog and join in.Warm Blessings!~Amy